George Harrison


George Harrison was born on February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, England, the son of Harold and Louise Harrison. In 1956 he heard Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” creating an early interest in American rock and roll music. Chuck Berry and Chet Atkins became early influences and in the same year George’s father bought him a flat top acoustic guitar that allowed him to audition for the Quarrymen playing his version of the American hit, “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” with the group feeling at just 14 years of age he was too young to join the band. Within a year they changed their mind and George was accepted and would become a founding member of The Beatles.

 As a solo artist, in 1969 Harrison began to write his own compositions, after years of many of his songs being unused by the Beatles, George released the album “All Thing Must Pass.” Co-produced by Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound.” It topped the Hit Parade in both England and the United States producing what would become his signature song, “My Sweet Lord” and “What is Life.” In 1973 “Give Me Love – Give Me Peace on Earth” leaped to the top of the charts, in 1981 “All those Years a go” and in 1987 “Got My Mind Set on You” also topped the Hit Parade. George also co-wrote songs and music with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Gary Wright, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty. In addition to his own work, between 1971 and 1973 he co-wrote and/or produced three million selling singles for Ringo Starr: “It Don’t Come Easy”, “Back Off Boogaloo” and “Photograph”.Ten years later Harrison formed the Traveling Wilburys with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.

In 1978 he decided to take some time off from the music industry. Ten years later he formed the Traveling Wilburys with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. After Orbison’s death in 1988 the group recorded as a group of four. Their Traveling Wilburys Volume 3 album went platinum with certified sales of more than three million records. The Wilburys never performed live and the group did not record together again following the release of their second album. On 30 December 1999 an assailant broke into the Harrisons’ home and attacked George with a kitchen knife, puncturing a lung and causing head injuries. Harrison was hospitalized with more than forty stab wounds. In 1997, Harrison was diagnosed with throat cancer and treated with radiotherapy, which was thought at the time to be successful. In May 2001 it was revealed that he had undergone an operation to remove a cancerous growth from one of his lungs and in July, it was reported that he was being treated for a brain tumor. In 2001, he began radiotherapy in New York City for lung cancer that had spread to his brain. George Harrison died on November 29, 2001 at 58 years of age. He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in India.  He left an estate worth almost100 million dollars in his will.

In 2004 George Harrison was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2009 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce awarded him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Building in Hollywood. In 2007 George Harrison was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in along with the Beatles.